How To Choose A Digital Camera For Your Next Trip

How To Choose A Digital Camera

Digital cameras are everywhere these days, and for good reason, too. Today with a simple point and click of a button you can take beautiful photos from almost anywhere in the world. But, the question remains: what camera should you choose for your next trip?

Look into the number of megapixels it has

For serious shots, a digital SLR camera is the way to go. But if you are looking for a camera that is more portable, there are still plenty of good choices.

The first step in choosing a digital camera is determining what features are important to you. It’s also a good idea to have an idea of how much you want to spend before you start shopping. With these things in mind, here are some factors to consider when buying a digital camera:

Megapixels: This number indicates how much detail the camera can capture. The larger the number, the larger the image size it can produce. This doesn’t necessarily mean your images will be better quality. More megapixels means more room for noise and less space for each pixel, so the image may not turn out as clear as one with fewer megapixels. A 10-megapixel camera should allow you to print images up to 8 x 10 inches without sacrificing quality. If you plan on making large prints or cropping your photos significantly, look for at least 12 megapixels. Most point-and-shoots and compact cameras are around 7 to 12 megapixels.

Zoom: Digital cameras come with optical zoom and digital zoom capabilities. Optical zoom uses lenses to provide a clear picture.

The ability to zoom in and out

Choosing a camera for your next vacation is a highly personal decision, but there are some general guidelines you can use to make the process easier.

The ability to zoom in and out: Many people assume that they need a telephoto lens to shoot photos of wildlife on safari or birds at the beach, but that’s not necessarily true. Unless you’re planning to photograph subjects at a distance every day, you may be better off with a general-purpose camera that has an optical zoom range of 3X to 5X.

If you’re planning to photograph wildlife or sporting events, consider a camera with an optical zoom range of 8X or greater. Many of these cameras also have wide-angle lenses (18mm-28mm) which allow you to shoot wide landscape scenes and groups of people without having to back up – great for inside buildings where space is limited.

A camera’s sensor size

A digital camera’s sensor size is a critical factor in determining the quality of its photos. For example, a smaller sensor will result in photos that are more detailed, but also have lower resolution overall. Then there is the issue of image noise — some smaller sensors produce more noise than others.

Consider these two cameras for a trip to Yosemite:

The Nikon D5300 has a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and features a 3-inch LCD touchscreen display with an electronic viewfinder (EVF) that can be used at the same time. It weighs 3 pounds and is packaged with an impressive kit lens. A kit lens means the body of the camera is smaller and lighter than if the lens were sold separately.

The Canon T3i comes in a larger body with the same amount of megapixels, but has a larger sensor at 18 megapixels and neither an EVF nor touchscreen display. It weighs 3 pounds, too, and has an interesting feature called Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which enables faster and more accurate autofocus (AF).

A digital camera’s weight and size

In some ways, the process of choosing a digital camera for travel can be much easier than deciding on a camera for everyday use. Although you might want to capture everything from landscapes to pets to people, you probably don’t need a professional-level camera that’s heavy and bulky. Most amateur photographers will do just fine with a compact point-and-shoot model or beginner DSLR.

When it comes to selecting the best digital camera for travel, you should take the following into consideration:

Weight and size: A digital camera’s weight and size are important factors in selecting a travel camera, especially if you’re planning on taking the camera with you everywhere you go. In general, smaller cameras tend to be more portable than larger ones. But don’t forget that lenses and accessories add weight and bulk too! If you’re not taking along a lot of gear, consider choosing something small that can slip into your pocket when not in use.

Battery life: The length of time your battery lasts is an important factor when choosing the best digital camera for travel. You don’t want your battery to die while out shooting photos at tourist sites or local attractions. Look for models with batteries that last all day or buy an extra battery pack if necessary.